Reviewed Oct 17, 2011
Michael Green’s review:
This was my first real insight into Allende, who most would know as the Chilean leader who was overthrown by the military coup in 1973 that would lead to Pinochet taking control of the country. It’s a great document of this period in history, made even more special through interviews with those who knew him. Though despite the many anecdotes I never felt I got a true sense of the man at a personal level - he appeared to me to be unlikable, detached, and uncompromisingly flawed. While the film is clearly aiming to construct a sympathetic portrait, the interview segments with Edward Korry, the former U.S. ambassador to Chile are a blunt reality-check on how the West generally regarded (despised) Allende.